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2025 TCM Calendar Photo Contest

Submissions are now open for the 18th annual Truck Camper Magazine calendar contest. Here are the contest rules and proven ways to win. Don’t miss our critical tips.

2025 Truck Camper Calendar Announcement

Welcome to the 18th annual Truck Camper Magazine Calendar Contest. There will be thirteen winners, one for each month of the year, plus one more winner for the calendar cover.

All thirteen calendar winners will have their winning photograph and the story behind their photograph featured in the magazine. The thirteen winners will also receive a free 2025 Truck Camper Magazine Calendar.

All submitted photographs will be placed into a 2025 Truck Camper Magazine Calendar Contest gallery. By sending in a photo for the contest, you give Truck Camper Magazine the right to use your photograph in future posts, social media, and in the magazine.

Please read the rules before submitting your entries.

Submit your photos here.

2025 Calendar Contest Rules

1. All photographs must contain a truck camper. A truck camper is a camper that can be demounted from a truck. If it doesn’t demount, it doesn’t count.

2. Only minor color corrections and cropping are acceptable. High dynamic range images (HDR) are also acceptable. Any other alternations via photography editing software, apps, or special filters can render your photo entry ineligible.

3. All photographs must be taken between October 14th, 2023 and October 11th, 2024.

4. Submitted photos must be taken by the person submitting the photo. Do not submit a photo taken by someone else.

5. Along with your photographs, please include the following information: your first and last name(s), the location the photo was taken, and the year, make and model of your truck and camper.

6. All photographs must be submitted digitally. You can send all entry photos at once or one photo at a time (with a limit of 3 photos per person/camper).

7. You can submit up to three photographs for the calendar. That’s three photographs per truck camper rig. Choose carefully!

8. All photographs must be submitted by 11:59pm PST, Friday, October 11th, 2024.

9. All photographs must be horizontal. Please make your shots wide, not tall, like a calendar page; 11-inches wide by 8.5 inches tall.

10. Do not enter panoramic photographs as they are too wide for the calendar format. The final cropping will be 11-inches wide by 8.5 inches tall.

11. All photos must be taken with a six-megapixel digital camera, or better. Smartphone images six-megapixels and above are acceptable.

12. Submit photos in their original resolution. Please do not downsize your photos before submitting them.

Important Tip 1: Say No To Panos!

Our smartphones are amazing in their ability to take panoramic photos. I take panoramic photos with my iPhone all the time. For things like wide vistas or rally group shots, panoramics are the way to go.

However, panoramics often made terrible calendar photos. They’re simply too wide to fit the 8.5 inch tall by 11 inch wide aspect ratio of the calendar.

That means your panoramic photos get heavily cropped. Where did the mountain, stream, flowers, or spanning bridge go? It got cropped!

Important Tip 2: Keep It Horizontal

Vertical smartphone photography has become a fad over the past five years. Like panoramics, vertical photos almost always make terrible calendar entries because they’re the wrong shape and force us to crop. When taking that calendar winning photo, please hold your camera horizontally. Otherwise, it’s crops for you!

Want to win the 2025 TCM Calendar Contest? Take and enter standard photos, say no to panos, and keep it horizontal.

Six Time Tested and Proven Ways To Win The Calendar Contest:

1. Capture the Golden Hour

The moments immediately after sunrise or just before sunset will give your photographs a beautiful warm glow. You may have to wait patiently for this moment in the evening or wake up early to capture this moment in the morning, but it’s worth it.

2. Take Many Different Perspectives

If you’ve found an amazing place, park your rig and take pictures from many different places and angles. We will often walk in many different directions looking at the camper and how it appears in the scene.

Often times we need to move the camper a couple of times, and move the camera a few times, to get it right. Sometimes we climb a ridge and shoot down, or get on the ground and shoot up. The trick is to try lots of ideas, experiment, and see what looks best.

3. Avoid Most Man-Made Stuff

Do what you can to avoid man-made objects in your photographs, unless they are the subject. For example, an interesting bridge or a red barn are often great, but random trash cans and power lines are not. If there’s a man-made object in your picture, make sure it’s great.

4. Include Your Entire Truck and Camper Rig

Almost without exception, calendar-winning photographs feature the whole truck camper; bumper to bumper, cabover to ladder, tires to rooftop – the whole rig.

5. It’s All About Location, Location, Location

Don’t even think about photographing your camper at a campsite, unless the campsite is incredible. This contest is all about finding amazing places and photographing them with your camper.

More often than not, this means finding a pull-off and getting the shot. If you wait until you park for the night, chances are you drove by the interesting places. Always be on the lookout for a calendar winning spot, and have your camera ready.

6. Learn Your Camera (or smartphone)

As camera buffs, we make sure to read camera manuals and watch YouTube videos on photography, and our cameras. This knowledge, coupled with experience, often leads to much better photographs than would otherwise be possible. Automatic mode on most cameras is often good, but knowing how to fully utilize your camera will pay dividends.

Get Inspired By Past Winners

Here are the 24 finalists from last year’s contest:

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#020 - Gary McNicholsWarren, Idaho2022 Chevrolet HD 3500 2014 Arctic Fox 1140Camera Used - iPhone SEThree campers at Elk Camp Center in Warren, Idaho.  Left to Right, 2016 Ram 2500 with a 2002 Citation 2022, 2022 Chevrolet 3500 with a 2014 Arctic Fox 1140, and  2001 Chevrolet 3500 with a 2006 Arctic Fox 1150. We got a cold winter blast!

#020 - Gary McNichols

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#035 - Steven OsburnNear Meadow, Utah2019 Ford F3502023 Northern Lite 10-2EXCamera Used - PhoneWe needed a place to break up our trip between Ely, Nevada and Green River, Utah.  We don't like to drive a lot of miles each day.  We found this small spring in the middle of a meadow near Meadow, Utah. It was a beautiful spot with mountains in the distance, and small fish in the pond. Sunset was an extra treat!

#035 - Steven Osburn

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#037 - Bryan BurgessIndian Cove Campground, Joshua Tree National Park, California2021 Ford 1502018 Capri Cowboy XLCamera Used - iPhone 13 ProI was touring Joshua Tree National Park in the early spring when an overnight snowstorm transformed the desert. I awoke to a near white-out in the Jumbo Rocks Campground.  My next campsite later that day at Indian Cove was a winter wonderland where I got to build a Yucca-the-Snowman.

#037 - Bryan Burgess

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#048 - Jennifer JensenSpencer Hot Springs, Nevada2007 Ram 25002000 Bigfoot 10.6Camera Used - PhoneOur Bigfoot camper always looks great out in the wild boondocking. That's the main reason we bought a truck camper. After having a pull trailer and fifth wheel toy hauler it was time to get into the truck camper lifestyle. We love that we can go to some of the places we had already visited but get off the road any further and into small forest service campgrounds. Camping out at Spencer Hot Springs in the perfect spot for our camper. The night sky can't be beat. This photo was taken with my Samsung phone in night mode. I could take a million pictures out there. The Bigfoot just looked so great lit from inside with the snow capped mountains in the background. We try to make it out there at least once a year.

#048 - Jennifer Jensen

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#063 - Martin KyselSalar de Uyuni, Bolivia2016 GMC Sierra 2500 HD2016 Palomino SS-1600Camera Used - Google PixelSalar de Uyuni is the biggest salt flat on the planet. We knew you could take good perspective shots so we came with lots of ideas. Some of them were bad and some of them were hilarious.  We decided to take a shot of a toy dinosaur attacking the camper. We dismantled the camper table for the swords. Needless to say, we are very happy with how the result turned out.

#063 - Martin Kysel

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#077 - Don MammoserLake Powell, Arizona2020 Toyota Tundra2023 Outfitter Caribou Lite 8Camera Used - Sony A6600, Tamron 18-300mm lensWe were exploring the Lake Powell area and found this large pull-off near the Wahweap viewpoint. Our family consists of my wife and myself, and two young girls and they were both hungry by the time we found this place. It was lunchtime so we popped the roof and felt lucky to have such a marvelous view out our dinette window while we ate.

#077 - Don Mammoser

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#085 - Matt MisickaSalmon Glacier, British Columbia, Canada2013 Ford F2502012 Hallmark UteCamera Used - iPhone SEOur first trip to Alaska got fully underway with the drive up the Cassiar Highway and a side-trip to Salmon Glacier. Our first glacier of the trip, Salmon Glacier really set a high benchmark for Alaska, and with the trip still in progress, it still remains one of the most beautiful, breath-taking, boondocking campsites we've ever experienced.

#085 - Matt Misicka

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#110 - Anne Marie LewisMt. Shuksan, North Cascades, Washington2013 GMC Sierra 35002013 Eagle Cap 850Camera Used - Canon 5D Mark iiWe were boondocking nearby and had driven up into the North Cascade Mountains each day for several days in July. It was very cold with deep snow lingering on our hiking trails at the higher elevations. Every time we drove by this lake, Mt. Shuksan was shrouded in clouds. But on the third day, a brief period of sun revealed Shuksan’s summit and the glaciers spilling down its flanks. I rushed to the opposite side of this small lake to get the shot.

#110 - Anne Marie Lewis

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#150 - Josh GouldPrince Edward Island2021 Ford F2502023 Scout KenaiCamera Used - iPhone 13This picture was taken our last night on PEI after a week of challenging weather. After a fun day in Charlottetown we found this serene place on the cliffs next to Seacow Lighthouse. The sunset was perfect for photographs of this epic location.

#150 - Josh Gould

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#157 - Zachary RobinsonBonneville Salt Flats, Utah1997 Ford F3501997 Bigfoot 2500 9.6BCamera Used - PhoneAfter exploring the Dinosaur National Monument on the Utah/Colorado border we drove west (on our way back to Oregon) and ended up staying on BLM land bordering the western edge of the Bonneville Salt Flats. Whenever possible, we boondock and rarely stay in a campground. Upon arrival we had 50+ mph winds coming from the north so I oriented the truck to face into the wind so it wouldn't rock side to side. After enjoying my daughter’s favorite camping dinner (grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup) we went outside to watch the thunderstorms coming in from the west. I grabbed a few photos of the camper. Luckily the storms passed us to the south so we were able to enjoy the view without being blasted with lightning.

#157 - Zachary Robinson

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#164 - Debbie LucasDevils Tower, Wyoming2008 Chevy Silverado 2500HD2018 Palomino Backpack Edition SS-550Camera Used - Phone-Samsung SM-S901U1This was part of our journey to see Yellowstone National Park and to celebrate our 41st Wedding Anniversary. We also had our two little dogs with us, ages 12 and 14 years old.We started out on May 1, 2023 from mid-Michigan. Our round trip journey ended of June 3, 2023, after an adventurous 5,500+ mile trip. Every night was spent in our popup truck camper and we loved it!Prior to this 33 night trip, the longest we had camped in our truck camper was seven days.Some of the places we visited along the way were Wisconsin Dells, Wall Drugs, Badlands, Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, Needles Highway, Devils Tower, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons.We are ready to go again!

#164 - Debbie Lucas

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#179 - Greg CainCity of Rocks State Park, New Mexico2018 Ram 35002022 Cirrus 820Camera Used - PhoneThis was just a beautiful night in southern NM at City of Rocks State Park where the glow of a fire in our solo stove mesa off the rocks behind our camper really provided a neat photo opportunity. We like to go here in the winter to enjoy cool nights and days dry camping in the rock formations.

#179 - Greg Cain

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#185 - Dawn ElsbreeDolomites, northern Italy2019 Toyota Tacoma2019 Four Wheel Camper FleetCamera Used - Pixel 6 ProEarly autumn dusting of snow arrives in the dolomites.

#185 - Dawn Elsbree

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#196 - Lance Wende

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#219 - David ClockSeaquest State Park, Washington2021 RAM 35002022 Arctic Fox 865Camera Used - Sony A7Rm4 camera, Sony 16-35 f 2.8 lensPlans change right? At the end of my Canada trip this year, I was in Olympic National Park heading towards Mount Rainier to hike, but both Olympic (Kalaloch campground) and Rainier were getting rained out.  After 3 weeks of non stop traveling, hiking and mountain biking I needed some rest in a quiet spot for the night. I headed for Mount Saint Helens, but could not find a good place until I just decided to poke into this park and have a look. It was Seaquest State Park on the way to Mount Saint Helens. The park was barely half full, and so quiet it was like no one was there. The spot I took in the far back of the park had no one around. The surroundings were almost rainforest like; ferns, moss, and green everywhere. The light coming through the trees made everything around kind of glow. It also just happened to be 9-11-2023. Really nice park, and possibly the best spot I have had in a campground in a long time.  It was a good end to my trip.

#219 - David Clock

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#220 - Ben WattsUtah2019 Ford F-2502013 Four Wheel Camper HawkCamera Used - Sony a6400My wife and I found this gem of a campsite on BLM lands in southern Utah. After a few days among the masses in Moab, we were elated to have the entire place to ourselves!

#220 - Ben Watts

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#229 - Jon MethvinBonneville Salt Flats, Utah2021 Ford F1502022 Lance 650Camera Used - iPhone 12 maxThis was the first stop on a two week road trip to Yellowstone and Montana. I always liked the salt flats and the racing history, so why not stop by on the way and set our own land speed record with a truck camper?

#229 - Jon Methvin

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#256 - William TessierCosmic Campground, Carton, Colorado, New Mexico2021 Ram 25002019 Capri RetreatCamera Used - Nikon D5500It was my first night camping after moving into my rig full time. Cosmic Cam ground is a dark sky sanctuary that I stumbled upon on my way to Arizona. I hope this picture captures how beautiful getting out and exploring is.

#256 - William Tessier

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#263 - Matt NelsonDeath Valley National Park, California2017 Ram 3502007 Arctic Fox 990Camera Used - PhoneThere is some fantastic dispersed camping in Death Valley National Park. This spot is on a road with designated sites, and requires a free permit from the rangers station to camp there. It is amazing how much color and textures the rocks in Death Valley have. Here's another early morning sunrise shot.You can catch my Starlink peaking its head up there too. With Starlink, I was able to spend a whole week working with full service, and exploring the park in the evening.

#263 - Matt Nelson

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#278 - Doreen VelmerPointe Verde, Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland2020 Ford F-2502021 Palomino Real Lite SS-1608Camera Used - Canon Power Shot sx740hsDriving on Route 100 North from the southern point of the Avalon Peninsula, we looked for a spot to boondock. After passing several pullovers right off the road, we came down a small crest and saw a span of rocky shore about 100 yards away with beaten in truck paths. There was no one around; a perfect spot to boondock. Just as we set up about 20 feet from the ocean’s edge, we were treated with a spectacular colored sunset that reflected in the water.

#278 - Doreen Velmer

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#322 - Tony MaDempster Highway2015 Ram 35002013 Arctic Fox 990Camera Used - iPhone 13 Pro MaxDuring the way on Dempster Highway to Inuvik before take to the first river crossing ferry. That was a beautiful rainbow before me, so I stopped and took the pictures.

#322 - Tony Ma

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#329 - Steven SeketaTuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories2018 GMC 3500 HD2020 Lance 1172Camera Used - iPhone 13 ProWe spent a week traveling the Dempster Highway in June of 2023. It was a fantastic 8 Days. Other than the two days at Tuktoyaktuk we boondocked all the way there and back. When we were in Tuktoyaktuk Beluga whales came through the bay. We enjoyed it so much we are planning to go again in 2026. Overall, we traveled 19144 miles in 14 weeks.  Five weeks in Canada, seven weeks in Alaska, and two in the lower 48.

#329 - Steven Seketa

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#349 - Matthew BreiterDeath Valley, California2020 Ram 35002022 Arctic Fox 1150Camera Used - Nikon D850We took our truck camper down a winding gravel road in Death Valley National Park. If we would have had a large Class C or a Class A we wouldn't have been able to make it since it had some tight turns and steep sections to the road. We camped in the Furnace Creek Campground and used Starlink during our stay. If you've never been to Death Valley, we highly recommend checking it out!

#349 - Matthew Breiter

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#372 - Lori DaskoLost Dutchman State Park, Arizona2016 Ford F3502022 Cirrus 820Camera Used - iPhone 11 Pro MaxWe have found Lost Dutchman State Park at the base of the Superstition Mountains to be one of the most breathtaking camping spots in Arizona. When this photo was taken a superbloom of yellow flowers was occurring due to the previous cool wet winter. In this photo I snapped the sun’s orange glow and last light on the desert after it had already disappeared below the horizon.

#372 - Lori Dasko

We absolutely love looking at the calendar entries, especially the winners and runners-up from years past.

These photographs not only wow us with their beauty, but also remind us of the possibilities and adventures the truck camping lifestyle offers. Then we find ourselves thinking, “Let’s take pictures like that this year!”

We are inspired!

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Good luck everyone!

 

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